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  •  I don't understand something here (0+ / 0-)

    You get paid $20,600. Does that include your housing allowance or is the housing allowance on top of that? Either way, you get paid a housing allowance, and expect that you shouldn't have to pay taxes on it. If your neighbor gets paid the same amount in total as a maintenance worker for the same church, they have to pay taxes on the full amount. Why should you be treated any different? Should your needs, or the church's needs be part of the equation when determining equality in taxes?

    •  I should have answered this sooner (0+ / 0-)

      but I don't spend the time I used to on kos.  To your factual question, no, I take no salary.  My entire compensation is housing allowance, plus fully paid health insurance and pension.  The national church requires the health and pension.  

      I think it is inevitable that at some point we will lose the income tax advantage.  But it will hurt small churches who do big things far more than it will hurt the big churches.  So the effect on society may not be what you think.  But then, what change ever is?

      I would only ask that this change be made gradually, not all at once.  No one wants a large cut in pay all at once, and that is what this would effectively be to a lot of folks who are doing a lot of good.  The vast majority of pastors live on very little and spend an enormous amount of time helping others.  We never make the news, but we are there.

      "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Jesus, Matthew 25:40, New Revised Standard Version.

      by Tenn Wisc Dem on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 11:00:37 AM PST

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